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Cowboy Poetry: “The Green Cathedral” by Joe Kreger

This poem was written by Joe Kreger, an Oklahoma rancher, poet and Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.

There’s a place I go to seek my Lord. 

We meet ‘most every day

in a vast, great green cathedral

where I worship Him and pray.


He’s always there, just waiting,

in every kind of weather.

My God and I spend countless hours

in His great outdoors together


I find Him on the prairie,

in woods and farmland field.

Throughout this whole creation

His glory is revealed.


The fragrance of His being

pervades the new-mown hay.

We fellowship together,

and He guides me on my way.


His voices rides on the thunder

as it rumbles through the air.

In all of my surroundings,

I find His presence there.


He whispers softly to me

as leaves stir in the breeze.

He made this land; He made me

and the horses between my knees.


As the cattle graze, contended,

across lush pasture lands,

I know this scene was sculpted

by my Master’s loving hands.


Yes, He’s always at the church house

where my congregation meets,

and there are those who find Him

on the cluttered city streets.


And I know He watches over

the sailor out to sea.

But, in that green cathedral,

He’s waiting there for me.


For it’s in the green cathedral,

He’s waiting there for me.


For it’s in the green cathedral

that we meet ‘most every day,

that lovely green cathedral

where I worship Him and pray.


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